Sifting through Sunningdale

The political situation in Northern Ireland in 1975 is painted in a bleak light in the state papers that have just been released by the National Archives in London and Dublin under the 30-year rule.

31st December, 2005

The political situation in Northern Ireland in 1975 is painted in a bleak light in the state papers that have just been released by the National Archives in London and Dublin under the 30-year rule.

That year, the Irish and British governments and the political parties in the North were picking over the wreckage left by the fall of the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement.

Despite the collapse of Sunningdale, 1975 began with some hope as a result...

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